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The Jewish Report Editorial

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    Dreaming of taking the bitter out of this bitter-sweet week

    Apr 19, 2018 Go comment!
    This is a bitter-sweet week, in which we celebrate Israel’s milestone 70th birthday but also remember the 23 646 soldiers and 3 134 terror victims who lost their lives in ensuring Israel’s security.
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    The lessons we learn from the Shoah

    Apr 12, 2018 Go comment!
    This Yom Hashoah, there are fewer survivors left. I am stating the obvious as the Holocaust began 85 years ago and ended 73 years ago. So, the youngest survivors are likely to be in the winter of their lives. Having had the toughest start in this world, living past 80 is a very long life.
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    Breaking out of bondage

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    For most of us, Pesach is a time for family, time to slow down, clean up and be attuned to our Judaism and to what makes us different. It is also a time to consider where we are at in terms of our freedom and to be grateful for what we have.
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    What does Human Rights Day mean to us?

    Mar 22, 2018 Go comment!
    This week, we celebrated Human Rights Day. We generally do very little on a public holiday that even vaguely reminds us of what we are supposedly commemorating. For most of us, a public holiday is a fabulous extra day off. And it is always a treat!
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    Fighting the battle within while the external one rages

    Mar 15, 2018 Go comment!
    It is Israel Apartheid Week and there are unpleasant things happening on university campuses in South Africa. From the reports I have been getting, our students have behaved with dignity and respect. As for the anti-Israel lobby, I am not sure how vandalising their universities can be seen as respectful.
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    When things fall apart, will the centre still hold?

    Mar 08, 2018 Go comment!
    When you picked up our newspaper last week and looked for our Purim spiel, you probably stopped at the story about Stan & Pete having lost its kashrut licence with disbelief. Who wouldn’t? They are the oldest and biggest, and one of the most trusted, kosher caterers in Johannesburg. Everyone knew them and for more than 40 years, they were at the core of Jewish celebrations.
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    The enemy of my enemy is my friend

    Mar 01, 2018 1 Comment
    As we put our newspaper to bed on Wednesday evening, Jewish people around the world are revelling in and enjoying Purim. They are letting their proverbial hair down and celebrating how we survived the threat of Haman through the wisdom of Mordechai and Queen Esther.
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    It’s all about exemplary leadership

    Feb 22, 2018 Go comment!
    In a week, it feels as if the whole country has changed and, for the most part, we are all still pretty euphoric. I personally get a kick out of hearing people refer to “President Ramaphosa”. It is exciting having a leader who understands leadership, appears to truly care about this country and its people, and can see a clear way forward.
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    The politics of news

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    What a fascinating time it has been in the politics of South Africa! While President Jacob Zuma dug in his heels and refused to go, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and the rest of the party’s leadership were running to and fro in various efforts to convince him to bow out amicably.
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    Two tall poppies

    Feb 08, 2018 1 Comment
    I had the privilege this week of spending time with two esteemed men – one an acclaimed veteran South African journalist who lives in Israel and the other, a former Israeli ambassador to South Africa.
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    Anti-Semitism growing out of Twitter

    Feb 01, 2018 Go comment!
    I was dumbfounded when I read the Twitter comments that followed the @EFFSouthAfrica announcement that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had met with the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) on Monday.
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    Human rights above all else

    Jan 25, 2018 Go comment!
    #WeRemember The World Jewish Congress (WJC) launched the second annual #WeRemember campaign on January 7 that culminates in International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to be commemorated this Sunday.
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    Just asking for true democracy

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Happy New Year to all of you! As so many of us have spread the word on social media, it is 20-Chai, which can only be positive. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, 18 is the numerical value of chai (life). So, 2018 should be a year of greatness, energy and pure life force.
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    Looking back on 2017

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    As we slow down to let holiday fever set in, it is difficult not to worry about what the ANC elective conference will bring. How will the outcome impact on us? What happens if Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gets in and not Cyril Ramaphosa? (Read Richard Poplak’s piece on page 5.)
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    What of the ‘Gupta minyan’?

    Nov 30, 2017 Go comment!
    It is time to address the elephant in the room. Wherever I and my colleagues go, we get asked why we haven’t written about the so-called “Gupta minyan” as if this is absolutely our job. Others challenge us as to when we are going to get on with “loshing” about these people who haven’t had their day in court.
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    Downgrading the SA embassy in Israel would punish us

    Nov 23, 2017 Go comment!
    As the Zimbabweans celebrate the resignation of Mugabe, we here in South Africa are looking forward to the upcoming ANC elective conference. We are desperately hoping it will herald a new and uncorrupted leader - one who will put the lives and future of the people of this country first.
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    A man named Michael Sachs

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    When a man by the name of Michael Sachs resigned from the Treasury this week, it was hard not to do a double take. That was partly because his name sounds so Jewish. The other part was because his resignation caused the rand to dive and was said to potentially have ramifications much like the axing of former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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    We are all hungry for truth!

    Nov 09, 2017 1 Comment
    South African book stores this week couldn’t get enough copies of Jacques Pauw’s book “The President’s Keeper”, where this multi-award-winning journalist documents more of President Jacob Zuma’s corruption.
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    Knowing who is on your side… and who clearly isn’t

    Nov 02, 2017 Go comment!
    In our edition last week, we ran a story about Tokyo Sexwale, who was scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the gala dinner at the World Jewish Congress’s gala dinner in Cape Town last week. He was invited to speak to some of the most important leaders in the Jewish world. Yes, I said Jewish world, not Zionist world, because that is the case.
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    Remembering … 100 years later

    Oct 26, 2017 Go comment!
    Next Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of the momentous Balfour Declaration. It paved the way to around 30 years later the establishment of the State of Israel. It was the very first time there was public support from a world power for Zionism.
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